Montana Creek Lands Assessment and Recreation Corridor Conservation Proposal - Juneau, Alaska
The Montana Creek watershed provides excellent fish and wildlife habitat and a variety of unique recreational and educational opportunities for Juneau. These values must be preserved and protected through informed land use planning and management decisions as urbanization of the Mendenhall Valley continues.
This document provides the City and Borough of Juneau with an overview of the value of the Montana Creek Watershed to Juneau residents and an outline of management recommendations to ensure the sustainability of fish habitat and recreational and educational opportunities.
Threats to Montana Creek include development of floodplains and wetlands, non-point source pollutants, and resource extraction activities. Watersheds such as Duck Creek have suffered from a lack of stream setbacks and prudent land use designations and zoning. To avoid repeating these mistakes, forward-looking municipal planning should recognize the existing multiple uses and values of the riparian lands in the Montana Creek Watershed.
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